(NECN: Melissa Toupin, Worcester) - With temperatures hitting the high 90's Thursday, many beat the heat by hitting the beach. Locals flocked to Indian Lake for fun in the sun and refuge from the hottest day of 2011 so far.
Another way to escape the heat? Indulging in some frozen treats at local ice cream shops.
Severe thunderstorms moved through Western Massachusetts Thursday evening, bringing down temperatures.